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Two Rabbis, Born Centuries Apart, Reveal the Messiah's Identity


                         Two Rabbis, Born Centuries Apart, At Death, Reveal Messiah's Identity

     Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri was born in about 1900 in Baghdad, Iraq, then part of the Ottoman Turkish vilayets, to Rabbi Katchouri Diba ben Aziza, a spice trader. (
     Before he reached the age of 13, he studied with renowned Rabbi Yosef Chaim (Ben Ish Chai)of Iraq. Rabbi Kaduri reported that Ben Ish Chai had blessed him, saying that he would live to see the revelation of the Messiah. Soon after Ben Ish Chai passed away, Rabbi Kaduri immigrated to Israel in 1923. ( Arutz Sheva).
     In Israel, Rabbi Kaduri led the Nachalas Yitzchak Yeshiva and the High Court of Nachalas Yitzchak (Crown Heights information).
     He was considered the last of the great Sefardi Kabalists and was said to possess clairvoyant powers, once naming the identity of a person, who had stolen a silver cup (from the book HaRav Kaduri). ( and faith...) His blessings and amulets were saught out to cure illness and infertility.
     He became a renowned Mizrahi Haredi rabbi and immersed himself in regular Talmudic study and rabbinical law in the Point Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem's Old City and later studied at the Kabbalist's Beit El Yeshiva in Jerusalem (Yeshivat HaMekubalim).
     He knew all the writings of Rabbi Yitzhak Luria, founder of modern Kabbalah, by heart. He became the head in 1989 of the kabbalist's center. He lived a life of poverty and simplicity.
     When he passed away January 28, 2006 in Israel, at the age of about 106, there was great grief and sorrow. 200,000-300,000 people were said to have attended his funeral, as he was one of the most respected and beloved rabbis.
     During his lifetime, he had given apocalypic warnings, but also said he met the long-awaited Messiah in November, 2003. He reportedly wrote the name of the Messiah on a piece of paper, to be opened a year after his death. The note revealed the Messiah to be "Yehoshua" or "Yeshua"--the Hebrew name of Jesus. The note, written in Hebrew and signed in the rabbi's name, said, "Concerning the letter abbreviation of the Messiah's name, He will lift the people and prove that His word and the law are valid. This I have signed in the month of mercy." The Hebrew consists of six words, and the last letter of each of those words spells the Hebrew name of "Yehoshua" or "Yeshua", the Hebrew word for "Jesus".
     This did not get much media attention, but was greated with scepticism, by both Jews and Christians alike, the former, puzzled that Rabbi Kaduri might have been a "Christian", and the Christians sceptical that he had met the real Messiah Yeshua.
     A scholar, who researched Rabbi Kaduri's manuscripts, stated that the pages were filled with cross symbols, painted by Kaduri, all over the manuscripts, and Kaduri's family stated that these were "signs of the angel". (

     Another rabbi, Hillel II, who lived centuries earlier, also revealed on his deathbed, that he believed in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah, and sent to receive the sacrament from the Bishop of Tiberias, who had attended him as a physician. This was witnessed by his rabbinical student, Count Joseph, who later became a believer in Messiah Yeshua himself, after reading the Hebrew texts of Matthew, John and Acts, which had been in Hillel II's belongings. (The History of Jewish Christianity from the First to the Twentieth Century by Hugh J. Schonfield, p. 73)